Crisci Associates, Feb. 15, 2016 Issue #607
(2/15/2016)
* Wolf To General Assembly: Get Another Job! Kane Khronicles Kontinue

This quote from Gov. Wolf sums up his budget address on Tuesday: “...if you (members of the General Assembly) won’t face up to the reality of the situation we’re in. . . if you ignore that time bomb ticking. . . if you won’t take seriously your responsibility to the people of Pennsylvania – then find another job.”

* Budget Overview: Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Is Facing A Fiscal Crisis That Must Be Solved

Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday proposed a $32.7 billion General Fund budget along with a $2.7 billion (Republicans say $3.6 billion) increase in personal income, Sales, tobacco, Bank Shares, insurance premium taxes and a new severance tax on natural gas production.

* House Republicans Pass Supplemental Funding Bills, Dems: No Money To Fund Them

House Republicans Wednesday passed legislation to provide supplemental funding for Pennsylvania’s state prisons, child advocacy centers and hospital burn centers to make up funding Gov. Wolf vetoed in December. 

* Senate, House Had $100.3 Million Reserve (Surplus) As Of June 2015

The bicameral, bipartisan Legislative Audit Advisory Commission, chaired by Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry), Tuesday voted to accept the audit report of the General Assembly’s finances for the 2014-15 fiscal year as conducted by an independent certified public accounting firm.

* State Treasurer Urges New Law To Guide Payment Decisions During A Budget Impasse

In testimony before the Senate Appropriations and Finance Committees Monday, Christopher Craig, Esq., Chief Counsel for State Treasurer Timothy Reese, urged the General Assembly to enact new law to guide decisions on making state payments during a budget impasse.

* House Votes To Start Impeachment Investigation, Senate Fails To Remove Kane

By a bipartisan vote of 170 to 12, the House Wednesday approved House Resolution 659 (Everett-R-Lycoming) authorizing the House Judiciary Committee to begin an investigation of  indicted Attorney General Kathleen Kane to determine her fitness for office, after less than a few minutes of discussion.

* Political News & NewsClips

Here's a collection of NewsClips from around the state on political topics of interest--

* Session Schedule/Governor's Schedule

Here is the latest voting session schedule for the Senate and House--

* On The Senate/House Agenda

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee showing bills of interest--

* Bills On Governor's Desk

The following bills were given final approval by the Senate and House and are now on the Governor's desk for action--

* Senate/House Bills Moving

The following bills of interest saw action in the House or Senate this week--

* Bills Introduced

The following bills of interest were introduced in the Senate and House--

* Weeks Ahead

Upcoming meetings, hearings and other events on legislative issues in Harrisburg, unless otherwise noted.   NEW means new from last week.

* Pennsylvania’s Community Colleges Applaud Proposed Increase in College Funding

The leaders of Pennsylvania’s 14 public community colleges are applauding Gov. Wolf’s 2016-17 budget proposal, which recommends increased operating funds for the colleges over current levels. The additional funding will help the colleges to serve the educational and workforce needs of their communities and preserve access to higher education.

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